By TYLER GREEN
Daily Press Staff Writer
Despite recent rains, Sitting Bull Falls and the adjacent area affected by the Last Chance Fire will remain closed to the public until further notice.
The fire that began April 24 and burned more than 53,000 acres caused severe damage to vegetation and nearly destroyed several structures at the popular recreation area.
Due to the vegetation loss, the surrounding hillsides have become unstable, and rockslides are a constant hazard. In addition, the area received between two and three inches of rain in less than two days. The heavy rains caused a lot of erosion, and mud flowed down the mountain.
“We just about got the mud cleaned up and have a little bit of vegetation growing, which has helped a little bit,” said Site Manager Dennis Brockman. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.